Private Event Rentals
Consider hosting your next event in one of our beautiful spaces. All rooms are fully equipped for A/V needs. For more information on hosting an event at the Downing-Gross Cultural Arts Center, contact the facility coordinator at 757.247.8967.
Know which space you want? First, please read our policies and procedures for facility use. You can also start the rental process by filling out the form at the bottom of this page.
The Ella Fitzgerald Theater is a full-service auditorium equiped to handle a wide range of stage productions as well as motion picture screenings.
Due to the size and layout of the theater, every seat delivers an intimate up close & personal experience that performing arts fans crave.
Capacity: 276 seats
Charles C. Allen Executive Board Room
The Board Room is the perfect place for important meetings and intimate gatherings. This professional meeting room is furnished with a conference table that seats 18. Additional seating is available.
L. Marian Poe Meeting Room
The L. Marian Poe room is a multipurpose room ideal for small weddings, meetings or workshops.
Size: 1298 sq. ft.
Reception, 150 (standing only)
Reception with tables, 80
The Banquet Room is an elegant space with a professional caterering kitchen for weddings, special events, or conferences.
Size: 3040 sq. ft.
Reception, 445 (standing only)
Thaddeus Hayes Dance Studio
The Thaddeus Hayes Dance Studio is a large mirrored dance studio available for rehearsals, recitals and single-day events.
Size: 3225 sq. ft.